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Good morning! “What’d I Miss?” is a feature that will run after weekends for those people who used their weekend like, doin’ stuff instead of constantly watching hockey. Doin’ stuff is the worst. Stick-tap to Pro Hockey Talk, a major source for this.

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Goooood morning hockey fans, and welcome to That Day.

“That Day” is the day after the regular season has come to a close, and a day before the playoffs start. The past and future in each hand.

There is no hockey today – what there is, is a crap-ton of information. There are quotes from locker clean-out day, there are reflections on years gone wrong, there are previews of series ahead (Backhand Shelf’s will be out later today), there are predictions…there’s just a ton of stuff. It’s a good day to run a hockey blog.

But before we get into the business of previewing and predicting and looking back and all that, here’s the good stuff. The last weekend in the NHL shaped the playoffs. If you missed any of it, let’s get you caught up. Read the rest of this entry »

Ovy took over the lead in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy this weekend. He's one up on Steven Stamkos, sitting at 27.

Ovy took over the lead in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy this weekend. He’s one up on Steven Stamkos, sitting at 27.

Good morning! “What’d I Miss?” is a feature that will run after weekends for those people who used their weekend like, doin’ stuff instead of constantly watching hockey. Doin’ stuff is the worst. Stick-tap to Pro Hockey Talk, a major source for this.

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I miss Billy Smith

Craig Anderson is back in action these days, and posted a shutout on the weekend. He also threw an ’80s style butt-end to Adam Henrique’s jaw that I just adored, which was all part of one of my favourite cheapshot-a-thons in awhile.

Enjoy the call too. “Oh! Hey! You can’t do that!”

Hockey is excellent.

No offense to Henrique, by the way, I just happen to like a feisty goalie.

Ottawa’s now won two in a row including that 2-0 shutout of the Devils (who have not won two in a row. In fact, they have a single win in their last 10 games), and sit a single point up (with a game in hand) of the New York Islanders.

Don’t worry, Devils fans, Brodeur has the slump-breaking solution:

“I’ve changed all my watches every game, all little things like that, that I believe for my own doing. Last year was great. Every time my daughter was home, she would pick my tie to go to the game. So, the other day she was home after school, so I go, ‘Listen. You go pick my tie now.’ I think, personally, everybody’s tried something in their own way of preparing. I’ve changed things and I’m sure guys have done that just to try to mix it up and see.

Sooo that’s where they’re at. Read the rest of this entry »

This weekend Gary Bettman announced that the 2015 Winter Classic is going to be exactly what we all thought it was going to be: Leafs/Wings in Ann Arbour's "Big House." Here are the sweaters.

This weekend Gary Bettman announced that the 2014 Winter Classic is going to be exactly what we all thought it was going to be: Leafs/Wings in Ann Arbour’s “Big House.” Here are the sweaters.

Good morning! “What’d I Miss?” is a feature that will run after weekends for those people who used their weekend like, doin’ stuff instead of constantly watching hockey. Doin’ stuff is the worst. Stick-tap to Pro Hockey Talk, a major source for this.

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Thanks to Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby, the Washington Capitals are a thing again

Alex Ovechkin sniped his second hat-trick of the season on Saturday and followed it up with two more on Sunday meaning… – wait for it – … he’s now tied for the NHL lead in goals with Steven Stamkos (25!). NOT BAD.

Washington Capitals v Florida Panthers

A note: Ovy and Stamkos seem to be scoring an awful lot of goals from the left circle (and backdoor, in Ovy’s case) this year, despite the fact that every team knows it’s coming. Weird.

Anyway, the Capitals have taken over first in the Southleast thanks to four straight wins (two on the weekend, over the Panthers and Lightning), and thus, the third seed in the Eastern Conference. With the other teams struggling in that division – and hey, dude, the other teams are struggling, particularly Winnipeg (their win over Philly on the weekend killed a five game losing streak) and Carolina (four game losing streak so far)  -  they look like they’re a lock to own that spot.

Another big reason, as mentioned, is Braden Holtby. Homie has posted a 2.19 goals against and .929 save percentage in his last 18 starts. None too shabby. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Louis Blues v Dallas Stars

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Guy Boucher got fired as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning crawled out to a 13-17-1 start this season, and have currently lost three straight. You’ve gotta believe the “Okay, I’m doing this” moment happened for Steve Yzerman when Tampa played a limping, broken version of the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night and found themselves down four-spit after the first period.

Here’s what Yzerman had to say:

“Guy has poured his heart and soul into the Lightning organization for these past three years and we appreciate all the work he has done. But ultimately I am not satisfied with the direction we are heading and I believe making a change today is in the best interest of our franchise.”

Etc, etc, etc. Sounds like the front-runners to fill the void are Jon Cooper and Lindy Ruff. I’m not sure why Barry Melrose’s name isn’t on the list, as I’ve heard he’s still available.

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Brenden Morrow got dealt to the Penguins

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Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets

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Sergei Kostitsyn had one of the best (worst) “lick stamp, mail it in” plays of the year

The Preds and Oilers were knotted up at one in the third period yesterday, when Nashville went on the powerplay. Unfortunately for them, a pass to Sergei Kostitsyn hopped his stick, and the Oilers raced out to the neutral zone to grab it.

With Kostitsyn on Gagner, the Preds were fine…until Sergei randomly decided to call it a shift. Check this out (and the bench’s reaction when he changes):

 

That feels like an understatement.

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The Sabres are a ticking time bomb

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Pittsburgh Penguins v Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Chicago Blackhawks are just the worst

On Wednesday Dan Carcillo scored in the final minute of regulation to squeak the Hawks past the Avalanche, which took them to 21-0-3 (which is good). They must have looked at their schedule after that game and thought it was going to walk on the weekend: Avalanche again Friday, Oilers Sunday. You get two points! And you get two points! Everybody gets two points!

Only it didn’t quite pan out. They got rolled 6-2 by Colorado on Friday for their first loss in regulation on the year, then gave up six again Sunday to the Oilers, who beat them by one.

Also, Deadspin ran this post about morons who think the Blackhawks now suck. Read the rest of this entry »

Mobntreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins

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Another weekend, another pair of wins for the Chicago Blackhawks.

They currently have a 17 point lead in their division. After 22 games. Feel free to note that the Blue Jackets only have 16 points total.

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It helps that they have guys like Patrick Kane who can do stuff like this, I ‘spose: Read the rest of this entry »